NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Drew Brees threw passes on Tuesday to test his injured right shoulder, according to reports.
ESPN reporter Ed Werder tweeted that Brees planned to test his throwing arm for the first time since Friday.
Werder said later that the throwing session went well and Brees expects to practice Wednesday.
Brees suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter when his arm was hit by Tampa Bay's Jack Smith in Week 2.
He missed Sunday's Week 3 matchup against the Carolina Panthers. Luke McCown made his first start with New Orleans in Brees' absence.
"I haven't missed a game due to injury in 20 years, since my junior year of high school. I consider myself very fortunate for that. Another reason why this decision was so tough. Bottom line is Luke McCown gives us the best chance to win this week. I have to be honest with myself and do what is in the best interest of the team. I have total confidence in Luke, as does our team," the injured Saints quarterback told ESPN's Ed Werder in a text message.